Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Vamps, Detectives and Liz Jasper...Oh My!
I'm thrilled to welcome Liz Jasper to my blog today! Check out her sassy interview and her Halloween contest!
Alisha: Tell us about the hero and heroine in your latest release.
Liz: My latest release, Underdead In Denial, is the sequel to my award-winning paranormal mystery, Underdead. The heroine in the series is an overworked and underappreciated middle school science teacher who wants the fun life she thought she would be having in her early twenties, now that she's out of school and has an income. When she finally goes out on a Friday night, albeit to a science department dinner, she meets a guy who is gorgeous, intelligent and interested in her. He seems too good to be true and he is. He's a vampire, if she can believe it, which on bad days she can, since it is very hard to hide the embarrassing vampire traits she's developed since he sunk his teeth into her neck like some Goth gone wild. There are two men in the series, Will, the vampire who for reasons only he knows is acting more like a suitor around Jo than a bloodsucking demon, and Gavin Raines, the handsome pepper hunting detective who doesn't seem to know whether to kiss Jo or stake her.
Alisha: Sounds yummy! If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?
Liz: I've watched enough Charmed to know accepting a genie's wishes is a surefire way to get one's self into trouble. I'd wish for chocolate, warm weather, and world peace, except I have a bad feeling I'd be sitting around eating nothing but chocolate, sweltering on an island surrounded by peace loving hippies playing flutes and banging tamborines.
Alisha: Giggle...well, I could think of worse things. Tons of chocolate and long haired musical hippies doesn't sound too bad. If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?
Liz: The Swiss Alps. Assuming that warm weather wish holds.
Alisha: Ahhhhh...now that would be submlime. If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?
Liz: Hmmm. Now, I have to balance this against the fact that I'll apparently be hiking in the Alps. Oooh, got it. Captain Von Trapp. Yes, I have a secret crush on him from the Sound of Music. Admit it, you all do too.
Alisha: Wasn't he one heck of a man? Julie Andrews was so lucky! If you could choose six people to spend one week on a desert island, who would it be and why?
Liz: Do I have to be with them? If not, I'm tempted to round up a five of our rottenest in history and force them to spend a week listening to one of the peace loving hippies chanting and singing about love and hope. I think that would be a fitting torment. Obviously, I've watched too much South Park as well. I feel the sudden need to point out that I occasionally watch very serious PBS news shows.
Alisha: I love your sense of humor, Liz! And hippies rock! Why couldn't I have lived through the 60s? If you had one day to spoil yourself, what would you do?
Liz: I'm pretty sure it would involve too much food, a hike somewhere pretty, quality time spent at a spa, a good book and a few good friends.
Alisha: Mmmmm....sounds perfect. What’s the sexiest thing a man has ever done for you or said to you or both?
Liz: "I have matches." It was during a black out and it was cold.
Alisha: Oooh la la! That IS sexy! A man that can light your fire! Thanks for stopping by, Liz!
Science teacher Jo Gartner thinks teaching geology to hormonal pre-teens is deadly... until she is bitten by an inept vampire and becomes UNDERDEAD--all the problems of being a vampire, none of the perks.
When she finds a body on her classroom floor with teeth marks in his neck, she must figure out who is trying to frame her for murder before her Underdead secret gets out. But she's running out of time. The detective in charge of the case is dogging her every move, her vampire traits are evolving in new and embarrassing ways, and someone wants Jo dead...the traditional way!
Underdead In Denial blurb:
Gorgeous, enigmatic vampire Will is back and almost undead Jo Gartner is more determined than ever to avoid all things vampire and maintain a normal life. And what's more normal than doing community service to help a lovesick friend? But getting dressed up in a Halloween costume for a haunted house fundraiser is not what Jo had in mind.
I have an etrick or treat contest running through Halloween. It's easy and fun and the winner gets a ton of books and Halloween stuff, including a signed copy of Underdead.
Details are on my website:
I had a blast interviewing Liz today! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're an author and interested in an interview on my blog!
Posted by Alisha at 1:41 AM